TOUT Mixed: Midseason Report

GAINING ONE’S BEHRENS

How did Andy Behrens open up a 23 point lead over Doug Dennis and Steve Gardner in Tout Wars Mixed?

1) Three closers (paid for to be sure) earn him all but one point in Saves.

2) A handful of $1 starters have him leading the pack in Wins and ERA, and fourth in WHIP.

3) Classic offensive construction for shallow mixed leagues had him go stars (Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez, Jose Reyes, Chase Utley, Kevin Youkilis) and scrubs (no other player cost more than $5).

So, how did he start? Continue reading “TOUT Mixed: Midseason Report”

SCHECHTER: Time to Forgive Manny?

By Larry Schechter, three-time Tout Mixed champion

The e-mail from Scott Pianowski arrived at 6:20 PM on Thursday, May 6th. It read “Morgan for Manny sounds fair to me. Want to do that?” I knew I had to do it. I had to make this trade. But I also knew it was going to take me a little while to process. I was going to need at least a couple of hours before I could say yes.

As a junior in high school growing up near Albany, NY, I jumped on the Red Sox bandwagon in 1975 and have been a die-hard Red Sox fan ever since.

I ended up going to college at Boston University, and stayed in Boston after college until 1993, when I moved back to the Albany area. I was at the Bucky Dent game. I was at the first Clemens 20 Ks game. I was a season ticket holder the last three years I lived in Boston. I have gone back every year to see at least a couple of regular season games and I’ve been at several playoff games.

When I began playing fantasy baseball back in the early 1990s, I quickly learned to separate my rooting desires and my fantasy team. In fact, it didn’t take long before I always made my fantasy team #1 over the Red Sox or any other considerations. I’ve often had more Yankees than Red Sox on my various teams. But the thought of acquiring Manny for my Tout Wars team was troubling. Manny had always been one of my favorites. It was a joy to watch him hit and root for him. He was my son’s second favorite player after Big Papi. Continue reading “SCHECHTER: Time to Forgive Manny?”

LINKS: The Tout Draft Wrapup

Here are some of the writings by Tout Warriors about their teams:

Live From New York, It’s Perry Van Hook’s Mixed Draft Recap at fantasybaseball.com.

Eric Mack’s Mixed Draft Recap.

Eric Karabell’s mixed league draft recap is available to ESPN Insiders.

JP Kastner’s mixed league team and his analysis of his team.

Jason Collette’s AL League Team, and the story behind it.

Derek Carty writes about his mixed league team. He also write about the players he has on multiple teams in multiple leagues this year.

Steve Gardner writes about the players he has on at least a couple of his teams this year, including Tout Mixed.

Dave Gonos explains about his Tout mixed pitchers and hitters.

Scott Pianowski writes about his NL Tout Team.

Andy Behrens’ Tout mixed team pushed limits. You go Andy!.

Cory Schwartz writes about his NL Tout team.

Rob Leibowitz writes about his Tout AL team

Tout rookie Mike Gianella writes about his Tout NL team.